Adhesion Prevention

Plan on a successful C-section recovery

What you should know about internal scar tissue after a C-section

As a result of the natural healing process after surgery, internal scars called adhesions may form on or between internal organs and/or body tissue. The occurrence of C-section adhesions can be more of a health issue than visible Cesarean scars on the outside of your body because adhesions can be painful and debilitating. These internal scars may also cause complications with future C-sections and other surgeries.

Why internal adhesions develop following C-sections

Because C-section surgery involves the cutting and manipulation of internal tissues and organs, they may become inflamed. As a result of these tissues healing close together, C-section adhesions may form between your uterus, ovaries, bladder, and abdominal wall.

Why you should be concerned about internal scarring

Some C-section adhesions do not cause problems. But adhesions that prevent tissues and organs from moving freely become a health issue, causing the affected tissues and organs to become twisted or pulled from their normal positions. Following surgery, this internal trauma can cause future complications such as small bowel obstruction, infertility, and chronic pelvic pain. Even if you've had a past C-section without complications, you still may be at risk for adhesions in future C-sections.

How to help prevent internal adhesions

Scar tissue after a C-section is a common result of surgery. While not all adhesions are a health concern, some internal Cesarean scars cannot be removed without additional surgery. To reduce the likelihood of forming scar tissue after a C-section, talk to your doctor about using Seprafilm® during your C-section surgery.

Dr. Scott Gulinson
“In C-sections, adhesions can… delay the delivery of the baby and increase the chances for injury to the bowel and bladder.”

Dr. Scott Gulinson
Banner Thunderbird Hospital
Glendale, AZ